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A Night of Fashion: Saint Int'l Avant Garde & Fashion Face of the Caribbean 2017

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 4:00 AMKimberly Goodall
Model Chad Rambally wearing the ‘Space Oddity’, design by John Eli DaCosta.
‘Hell Hound’ by Melissa Moses.
Christopher Maxam thought ‘The Beast and Beauty’.
Yah Shirah Lindsey’s ‘Vine’ design.
Ann Bolt’s design, ‘Spoons’.
Rachel Crocket was unique with this ‘Send Me A Letter’ design.
Sadekia Dyer struts down the runway in this Shellece Brown ‘Geometrical Princess’ design.
‘Enchantress’, by Tonia Samuels, left the crowd in awe.
‘Intergalactic Beauty’ showed a difference in design.
Lucien’s design, ‘The Blazing Canary’, turned heads.
‘Rebel Royale’ by Renée Stewart.
The winning design - ‘The Fashion Genie’ by Cecilia Davana.
From left: Winner of 2017 Avant Garde Designer of the Year competition Cecilia Davana shares a photo op with her model, Deneil Littyle, and Fashion Face winners, Breana Carson and Mario Grant.

A night of fashion

It was a night to celebrate fashion, magic, style, elegance, glamour and ambition at the Courtleigh Auditorium Saturday, March 25.

Forty-five females and 63 males strutted the runway in hopes of walking away as the 2017 Fashion Face of the Caribbean winner. Alongside the aspiring faces of fashion were 13 designers vying for the title of the Campari and LASCO Money-sponsored Avant Garde Designer of the Year award.

With a packed night of events, CEO of Saint International Deiwght Peters and his co-host, Sharee Elise, warmed up the audience with a few dance moves from the '80s, before the model hopefuls took to the stage to convince the elite panel of 10 international fashion agents that they have what it takes to be the next international model sensation from 'Jamrock'. In the end, Breana Carson and Mario Grant emerged victorious with Grant and his runner-up, Jahmar Thompson, being signed on the spot.

Taking a break from fashion was the DP Patois Challenge, which tested the Patois skill of the agents. This had guests in stitches as many failed gracefully at the challenge.


The designers in the Avant Garde competition presented designs inspired by the colour magenta. It was evident that they were inspired presenting out-of-the-box designs that caught many by surprise.

In the end, the judges, which included Tom Tavares-Finson, president of the Senate; Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the National Gallery; and boutique owner and fashionista Sophia Max-Brown, agreed that Cecilia Davana's 'The Fashion Genie' best expressed the theme.

Davana, who also won in 2012, was filled with excitement as she jumped off the stage to thank the judges, and held on tightly to Peters. She could not contain her joy, and with tears streaming down her face, she noted that for her winning the competition was about much more than the money.

The night also saw performances from D'Angel and Couric Clarke.